dirge (n.) Old form(s): Dyrges
funeral song, song of mourning
Ham I.ii.12[Claudius to all] With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage
Luc.1612[of Lucrece] this pale swan in her watery nest / Begins the sad dirge of her certain ending
RJ IV.v.88[Capulet to all, of the change from wedding to funeral] Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change
TNK II.v.15[Gaoler's Daugher alone] some wenches ... will sing my dirge
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